Metal News for April 29, 2003
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18 news articles posted on this day.
Polish death metal band, Behemoth, will be making an appearance at Dark Realm Records in Downey, CA for an in-store signing session. The event will take place on May 1st at 4:30 pm. The band will be signing copies of their latest album, Zos Kia Cultus (Here and Beyond) . Fans of Morbid Angel, Slayer, Vader, and Krisiun should take note.
Behemoth is also performing on the Blackest of the Black Tour with Danzig , Superjoint Ritual, Nile , Lacuna Coil, and Opeth. Here are those dates so far:
5/2 Mesa Amphitheater – Phoenix, AZ
5/3 Universal Amphitheater - Los Angeles, CA
Static-X have parted with drummer Ken Jay for reasons that have yet to be explained. The band hope to announce a replacement soon, as they continue work on their new album with producer Josh Abraham.
System Of A Down’s Daron Malakian has been given his own label by Sony, following in the footsteps of the band’s frontman Serj Tankian, who runs Serjical Strike. Malakian’s first US signing is apparently going to be Amen, although this has yet to be confirmed.
Bad new for Prong fans - after reuniting, Brian Perry has left Prong, although so far no reason has been given for the bassist’s decision. The band are expected to announce a replacement shortly.
Cyst's partners in South Florida mayhem, Metal Militia, are having their CD release party on May 2nd, and to do this, they are putting on a fest of epic proportions. There will be 21 bands on 2 stages, including Premonition, Cyst, Response Negative, Open Fire, In Human Form, Stillkept, Rising Up Angry, Trivium, O.F. Beatdown, Scerab, Severed Existence, Mind Cycle, Implosive Disgorgence, Superbreed, Skunk Ape, Azlan, Ruin, Gate 22, Zeal, After the Calm, and of course, Metal Militia.
If you're in South Florida, check it out at Starbar, in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. If you are not in South Florida, you can check out this week's special feature on Hook n Mouth Radio - they'll be playing these bands all week, 24/7. Listen in at: www.live365.com/stations/295346.
Dimension F3h's debut-album "Reaping the World Winds" has just been released. But mastermind Morfeus has already started the pre-production for the next album. In addition, the band will play the Elements of Metal Festival in Sandefjord (Norway) on the 23rd of August.
Divercia are currently building their own recording studio and the band is working on demo-versions of their new songs. Furthermore Divercia recruited a new drummer in the person of Petri Eklund (former member of Violent Solution).
Defenestration will be entering New Rising Studios this week to record their sophomore album, which is as yet untitled. They will be in the studio for a month to record the album. After leaving the studio the band will embark on a UK tour that will include both head line shows and a support tour with Fallen To.
Perhaps you've noticed that Walls Of Jericho will be playing this year's Hellfest? Well, this apparently isn't a one-time thing, as the Detroit band has more plans ahead. In other words, the group is officially reforming after breaking up in August of 2001. For starters, they plan to write and record a new album for Trustkill Records, their last label, this Summer. No word yet on additional plans or touring, but we're sure you'll hear more soon.
Centinex have released their new 7” single, ‘Hail Germania’. The release is limited to 1,000 copies (200 pressed on green swirled vinyl) and is available only through Hells Headbangers.
In other news, Centinex recently spent a few days in the studio recording demos for their forthcoming album, Decadence - Prophecies Of Cosmic Chaos. The albums full tracklisting will be announced soon. A track on the release will be an instrumental piece written and performed by Arcana’s Peter Pettersson.
The album will be recorded and mixed at Black Lounge Studios from June 23rd to July 20th. An October release is expected.
Throcult have inked a three album deal with Crash Music. The bands sound is described as black metal overtones with a brutal death metal sound.
The band also signed a contract with Troma Films and songs from their Soldiers Of A Blackened War album will appear in the new film Tales From The Crapper, which has been selected to appear at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival.
Soldiers Of A Blackened War will be released on June 10th.
Very little has been heard from After Forever since the release of their Decipher album two years ago, but singer Floor Jansen has been anything but quiet or bored. Along with juggling her studies, Jansen sang on the Star One debut Space Metal, led After Forever on a short European tour with Nightwish, hit the road with Star One, and began writing new After Forever material. BW&BK caught up with Jansen prior to the release of Star One's new Live On Earth album to discuss the hectic pace of the last year.
"The Star One tour was amazing and I'm glad I was a part of it," says Jansen, having just seen the DVD and being quite pleased with the end result. "Arjen (Lucassen) didn't even ask me to come on tour; he was at an After Forever show in Holland and mentioned that he was planning on taking Star One on the road, and I was like, 'Okay, when are we going?' He was actually afraid that I wouldn't want to come along because in After Forever I'm the main singer and I get all the attention, and with Star One I have a more background position. He was being ridiculous, though; of course I wanted to come along! It was pretty crazy, though, because After Forever had just finished a tour with Nightwish, so I was home for two weeks, then back on the road with Star One."
"It was a magical experience," Jansen continues.... More...
Sweden's The Project Hate, featuring Jörgen Sandström of Entombed/Grave fame on lead vocals, have set "Hate, Dominate, Congregate, Eliminate" as the title for their forthcoming third album, due later in the year through Entombed's Threeman Records. "Hate, Dominate, Congregate, Eliminate" was recorded at Soundlab Studios (where the band's last CD, "When We Are Done, Your Flesh Will Be Ours", was tracked) and includes eight songs (roughly 60 minutes) of "some of the most insane . . . and heaviest grooves you ever experienced," according to guitarist Lord K (a.k.a. Kenth Philipson).
The Project Hate's next live appearance will take place at the fourth edition of the 2000 Decibel festival, which is scheduled to be held on May 17, 2003 in Bengtsfors, Sweden (180 km north of Gothenburg). Other acts set to appear at the event include Candlemass, Clawfinger, Pain, NIghtingale, Falconer, Amon Amarth, and Vintersorg.
Krux, the Swedish band featuring Candlemass mainman/bassist Leif Edling, ex-Yngwie Malmsteed singer Mats Levén, plus Entombed members Peter Stjärnvind (drums), and Jörgen Sandstrom (guitar), will perform a one-off show at Kägelbanan in Stockholm, Sweden on May 18. The gig, which will likely be the group's last for quite some time, will be recorded for a possible DVD release.
KRUX's self-titled debut is available now through Holland's Mascot Records.
Norwegian black metallers Dimmu Borgir have lined up two dates in Holland in early October. Tickets for the dates go on sale May 3rd.
The details are as follows:
Oct. 02 – Amsterdam, NETH @ Paradiso
Oct. 03 – Tilburg, NETH @ 013
Dimmu Borgir have spent the past few weeks at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden recording their forthcoming CD, due later in the year.
Among the tracks set to appear on the album are the following: More...
Sweden's Amaran, the band featuring former members of Mourning Sign, have completed work on their second album, "Pristine In Bondage", due late summer through Listenable Records.
"Pristine In Bondage" was recorded at Studio Underground in Västerås, Sweden and contains 13 new songs that the band are describing as "much heavier" than the material on the group's debut, "A World Depraved".
Among the songs set to appear on the upcoming CD are the following: More...
Swedish thrashers Raise Hell will headline the Metal Fest festival in Sunne, Sweden on May 3. Also set to appear are Defleshed and Diabolical, among others.
Raise Hell, who recently acquired a new singer by the name of Jimmy Fjällendahl, are scheduled to appear at this year's Wacken Open Festival in Germany. The group's third album, "Wicked Is My Game", was released last year through Nuclear Blast Records.
Theatre of Tragedy frontwoman Liv Kristine Espenæs will finally tie the knot with longtime love Alexander Krull, singer of Germany's Atrocity, on July 3. In other news, Theatre of Tragedy guitarist Vegard K. Thorsen married his longtime girlfriend Anna on February 21. Also newly hitched is Theatre of Tregedy guitarist Frank Claussen, who "escaped all the fuzz and fanz by eloping to Reykjavik, Iceland with his girlfriend for ages, Tone, and got married on Monday 14th of April," according to the group's official web site.
Theatre of Tragedy are currently working on the follow-up to last year's "Assembly", tentatively due in early 2004 through Massacre Records.
In other Theatre of Tragedy-related news, Claussen has laid down the guitar tracks for the upcoming album from Norwegian industrial rockers Zeromancer, to be released in September.